In late September, a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk was found by the side of the road in Bedford, Virginia. The hawk was picked up and taken to a local permitted rehabilitator with Wildlife Care Alliance. The rehabilitator treated the hawk for head trauma, and after several days of stabilization, sent the hawk on to the Wildlife Center for further assessment and an in-depth ophthalmic exam.
When the hawk was admitted to the Wildlife Center on October 2, it was bright and alert – and the signs of head trauma were no longer apparent. The veterinary team examined the hawk’s eyes and determined that everything was within normal limits. After a couple of days of rest, fluids, and observation, the hawk was cleared to move outside.
Now residing in Flight Pen 4, the hawk is the newest hawk on Critter Cam. The rehabilitation staff will soon begin to exercise the hawk in preparation for release.